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Postgraduate Course: Medieval Gaelic Poets and Poetry (CELT11042)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis seminar-based course will consider the origins and changing political and social role of the poetic orders and other literati in medieval and early modern Ireland and Scotland. Classes will combine close reading of primary texts (including texts concerning professional organisation, status and training as well as literary compositions) with the analysis of secondary academic literature.
Course description 1. Bilingual literary culture and early monastic schooling

2. The uses of poetry: genre, form and function

3. The education of the early Gaelic poet: verse in curriculum and commentary.

4. The secular bardic schools after 1200

5. Kingship and sovereignty

5. Poet and patron in bardic poetry

6. Continuity and crisis: the bardic response to invasion and conquest

7. Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland

8. The Book of the Dean of Lismore

9. The origins and flowering of early vernacular verse in Scotland

10. Eighteenth-century collectors and collections

11. Course Review
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Students can be expected to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the origins and changing role of the poetic orders and other literati in medieval and early modern Ireland and Scotland.
Reading List
Ahlqvist, Anders (1982). The Early Irish Linguist. An edition of the canonical part of the Auraicept na nÉces. Helsinki: Societas Scientarium Fennica.

Ahlqvist, Anders (1980). 'Les débuts de l'études du langage en Irlande' in Konrad Koerner (ed.), Progress in Linguistic Historiography, pp. 35-43. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Bergin, Osborn (1970). Irish Bardic Poetry, ed. by David Greene and Fergus Kelly. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Black, Ronald (1976-8). 'The Genius of Cathal MacMhuirich', Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 50, 327-65.

Breatnach, Liam, ed. (1987). Uraicecht na Riar: Poetic Grades in Early Irish Law. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Breatnach, Pádraig A. (1983). 'The Chief's Poet', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 83C, 37-79.

Caball, Marc (1998). Poets and Politics: Reaction and Continuity in Irish Bardic Poetry, 1558-1625. Cork: Cork University Press/Field Day.

Calder, George, ed.) (1917). Auraicept na nÉces. The Scholar¿s Primer. Edinburgh: John Grant [repr. Dublin 1995])

Carney, James (1985). Medieval Irish Lyrics Selected and Translated with The Irish Bardic Poet: A study in the relationship of Poet and Patron. Mountrath, Portlaoise: Dolmen Press.

Coira, M. Pia (2012). By Poetic Authority: The Rhetoric of Panegyric in Gaelic Poetry of Scotland to c.1700. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Gillies, William (1977). 'Courtly and Satiric Poems in the Book of the Dean of Lismore'. Scottish Studies, 21, 35-53.

Gillies, William (1986). 'The Classical Irish Poetic Tradition', in Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Celtic Studies, ed. by D. Ellis Evans, John G. Griffith and E. M. Jope, 108-20. Oxford: Jesus College.

Gillies, William (1988). 'Gaelic: The Classical Tradition', in The History of Scottish Literature, Volume 1: Origins to 1660 (Mediaeval and Renaissance), ed. by R. D. S. Jack, 254-62. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press.

Gillies, William (2010). 'Music and Gaelic strict-metre poetry'. Studia Celtica 44, 111-34.

Greene, David, ed. (1972). Duanaire Mhéig Uidhir: The Poembook of Cú Chonnacht Mág Uidhir, Lord of Fermanagh 1566-1589. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Gunderloch, Anja, '18th Century Literary Fraud and Oral Tradition: the "Real" Ossian', Dietrich Scheunemann, ed., Orality, Literacy and Modern Media (Columbia 1996), 44-61.

Gunderloch, Anja, 'Duncan Kennedy, Collector and Poet', Scottish Gaelic Studies, vol. 28 (2011) 55-95.

Gunderloch, Anja, 'Duncan Kennedy and his heroic ballads', The Gaelic Finn Tradition, ed. by Arbuthnot, Sharon J. & Geraldine Parsons (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2012) 179-194.

Gwynn, E. J. (1942). 'An Old Irish Tract on the Privileges and Responsibilities of Poets'. Ériu, 13, 1-60, 220-36.

Hill, Thomas F., Antient Erse Poems, Collected among the Scottish Highlands, in Order to Illustrate the Ossian of Mr Macpherson (n.p. 1784)

Holtz, Ludovicus, ed. (1977). Murethach in Donati artem maiorem, Turnhout: Brepols.

Irvine, Martin (1994). The Making of Textual Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Knott, Eleanor, ed. (1922, 1926). A Bhfuil Aguinn Dár Chum Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn (1550-1591)/The Bardic Poems of Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn (1550-1591. London: Irish Texts Society.

Law, Vivien (1997). Grammar and grammarians in the early Middle Age. London: Longman.

Law, Vivien (1982). The Insular Latin Grammarians. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.

Mac Cana, Proinsias (1970). 'The Three Languages and the Three Laws'. Studia Celtica, 5, 62-78/

Mac Cana, Proinsias. 'The Rise of the Later Schools of Filidheacht'.
Ériu, 25, 126-46.

Mac Cana, Proinsias (2004). 'Praise Poetry in Ireland Before the Normans'. Ériu, 54, 11-40.

MacGregor, Martin (2007). 'Creation and Compilation: The Book of the Dean of Lismore and Literary Culture in Late Medieval Gaelic Scotland', in The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, vol. 1, ed. by Thomas Owen Clancy and Murray Pittock, 209-19. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

MacGregor, Martin, 'The View from Fortingall: the worlds of the Book of the Dean of Lismore', Scottish Gaelic Studies 22 (2006), 35-85.

MacInnes, John (1978). 'The Panegyric Code in Gaelic Poetry and its Historical Background'. Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 50, 435-98.

McKenna, Lambert, ed. (1939, 1940). Aithdioghluim Dána: A Miscellany of Irish Bardic Poetry. 2 vols. Dublin: Irish Texts Society.

McKenna, Lambert, ed. (1944). Irish Syntactical Tracts . Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

McKenna, Lambert, ed. (1947).The Book of Magauran/Leabhar Méig Shamhradháin. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

McKenna, Lambert, ed. (1951). The Book of O¿Hara/Leabhar Í Eadhra. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

MacKenzie, Annie M. (1964). ed. Òrain Iain Luim: The Songs of John MacDonald. Edinburgh: Scottish Gaelic Texts Society.

MacLaughlin, Roisin (2008). Early Irish Satire. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

McLeod, Wilson (2004). Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland c. 1200-c. 1650. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McLeod, Wilson, and Bateman, Meg (2007). Duanaire na Sracaire/Songbook of the Pillagers: Anthology of Scotland's Gaelic Verse to 1600. Edinburgh: Birlinn..

McManus, Damian (2004). 'The Bardic Poet as Teacher, Student and Critic: A Context for the Grammatical Tracts', in Unity in Diversity: Studies in Irish and Scottish Gaelic Language, Literature, ed. by Cathal G. Ó Háinle and Donald E. Meek, 97-124. Dublin: Trinity College.

McManus, Damian (2006). ¿¿The smallest man in Ireland can reach the tops of her trees¿: Images of the King's Peace and Bounty in Bardic Poetry¿, in Memory and the Modern in Celtic Literatures, ed. by Joseph Falaky Nagy, 61-117. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Matheson, William, ed. (1970). An Clàrsair Dall: Òrain Ruaidhri Mhic Mhuirich agus a Chuid Ciùil/The Blind Harper: The Songs of Roderick Morrison and his Music. Edinburgh: Scottish Gaelic Texts Society.

Meek, Donald E. (1996). 'The Scots-Gaelic Scribes of Late Medieval Perthshire: An Overview of the Orthography and Contents of the Book of the Dean of Lismore', in Stewart Style: Essays on the Court of James V, ed. Janet Hadley Stewart (East Linton 1996), 254-72.

Meek, Donald, E., 'The Gaelic Ballads of Mediaeval Scotland, Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness 55 (1986-1988), 47-72.

Murphy, Gerard (1961). Early Irish Metrics. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy.

Ó Baoill, Colm, ed. (1994). Gàir nan Clàrsach/The Harps¿ Cry. Edinburgh: Birlinn.

Ó Cuív, Brian (1965). 'Linguistic terminology in the Bardic Tracts'. Transactions of the Philological Society, 64, 141-64.

Ó Cuív, Brian (1970). 'The linguistic training of the Mediaeval Irish poet'. Celtica, 10, 114-40.

Ó Cuív, Brian (1980). 'A mediaeval exercise in language planning', in Progress in Linguistic Historiography, ed. by Konrad Koerner, 23-34. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

O Riordan, Michelle (1990). The Gaelic Mind and the Collapse of the Gaelic World. Cork: Cork University Press.

O Riordan, Michelle (2007). Irish Bardic Poetry and Rhetorical Reality. Cork: Cork University Press.

Simms, Katharine (1987). 'Bardic Poetry as a Historical Source', in The Writer as Witness: literature as historical evidence, ed. by Tom Dunne, 58-75. Cork: Cork University Press.

Simms, Katharine (1998). 'Literacy and the Irish Bards', in Literacy in Medieval Celtic Societies, ed. by Huw Price, 238-58. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stokes, Whitley (1899). 'The Bodleian Amra Choluimb Chille'. Revue Celtique, 20, 31-55, 132-83, 248-89, 400-37.

Thomson, Derick S. (1968b). 'Gaelic Learned Orders and Literati in Medieval Scotland'. Scottish Studies, 12, 57-80.

Thomson, Derick S. (1977). 'Three Seventeenth Century Bardic Poets: Niall Mór, Cathal and Niall MacMhuirich', in Bards and Makars, ed. by Adam J. Aitken, Matthew P. McDiarmid, and Derick S. Thomson, 221-46. Glasgow: Glasgow University Press.

Thomson, Derick S., ed. and tr., The MacDiarmaid Manuscript Anthology (SGTS - Edinburgh 1991)

Thomson, Derick S., 'The McLagan Manuscripts in Glasgow University Library: A Survey', Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness 58 (1992-1994), 406-424.

Thurneysen, Rudolf, ed. (1891). 'Mittelirische Verslehren'. Irische Texte, Series 3, 1, 1-182. Leipzig: Hirzel.

Watson, W. J. (1914-19). 'Classical Gaelic Poetry of Panegyric in Scotland', reprinted and supplemented from Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 29, 217-22

Watson, W. J., ed. (1937). Scottish Verse from the Book of the Dean of Lismore. Edinburgh: Scottish Gaelic Texts Society.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be expected to develop a range of critical evaluative skills, ranging from the close reading of primary texts to the assessment of competing interpretations, some of them ideologically charged.
Course organiserProf Wilson Mcleod
Tel: (0131 6)50 3623
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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